Opinion

Affordable housing needed, not visitor spending

Letters to the Editor

As the County Council holds meetings in every corner of the county to consider the mayor’s proposed 2019 budget, please demand elimination of $4.2 million for the Maui Visitors Bureau. The last thing we need is more tourists. And tell the council we don’t need an $85 million, glorified ...

Handheld sign to greet Wounded Warrior denied

Letters to the Editor

Although a parking stall at OGG is as elusive as Amelia Earhart, a small group of Maui County Veterans Council members with a mayor’s representative went to the Kahului Airport to greet a Wounded Warrior and his family on March 29, 2018. Armed with a very large U.S. flag, multiple lei, gift ...

Bypass solution is to not sell out the public

Letters to the Editor

Sold out — many think they are with the new Lahaina bypass. Initially it was to provide a bypass above Lahaina for island traffic to and from Kaanapali, Kahana, Napili and Kapalua — better for them and Lahaina. The first half of the bypass was placed over south Lahaina, but the next ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

In the flood of tributes to former U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka upon his passing last Friday, from the Washington Post to The Maui News, throughout mainstream media and social networks, one word prevailed. Colleagues and constituents, friends and fans found it impossible to describe the beloved ...

The Fair Housing Act marks 50 years today

Columns

The Realtors Association of Maui believes that Maui’s vibrant mix of cultures is what makes us great and gives our community strength. With that diversity in mind, today we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act being enacted into law back on April 11, 1968. In addition, RAM ...

Can government avoid its responsibilities with LLCs?

Columns

Do you recognize any of these names: Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC, Hi‘ipaka LLC and Ho‘okele Pono LLC? For one thing, all of them have “LLC” in their names. LLC is an abbreviation for limited liability Co. A LLC is a legal “person,” something like a corporation but much easier to ...

Anniversary of a hero’s death

Editorial

Seventy-three years ago Thursday, April 12, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt quietly died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga. The hero who led the United States out of the Great Depression had been elected to the presidency four times. The brave leader who championed the Allies in ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Aloha Friday acquired powerful new meaning last week in the chambers of the Maui County Council. The morning’s agenda included a proclamation honoring the cast and crew of the Maui-made movie “Kuleana,” and another one honoring the late Richard Ho‘opi‘i, whose soaring falsetto voice ...

House representative blocks much needed DOCARE Academy Bill

Columns

For well over a decade I’ve been an advocate for the state Department of Land and Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement. In that time, I’ve seen the constant changing of DLNR directors as well as DOCARE chiefs. When any new leadership takes the reins, there are ...

Complaining about Eden

Editorial

A group of men here on Maui was discussing the weather and some of the comments reflected poorly on our rather pampered lifestyle. The heart of the discussion was all the rain we have had lately. We didn’t join in because we have been delighted that rainfall has allowed us to go many days ...

Southwest Airlines flights urged for Neighbor Islands

Letters to the Editor

The Maui News reported on March 19 that the state Department of Transportation granted Southwest Airlines a permit to operate at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Service is expected to commence early next year. This letter is a simple but urgent plea to all readers who want ...

Vote intelligently or face same old problems

Letters to the Editor

Well, here we are again entering a voting cycle. Most, and I mean most, just roll their eyes. Some say here we go again with sign-waving, but most just don’t care because it’s the sense of helplessness with the same old candidates winning over and over again. This is why the turnout is so ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: My neighborhood, Lukaha Circle in Kihei, recently had the road surface conditioning done on it. After they finished the surfacing, they came back and painted the lines back on the road. Most of them. There is a small section that they haven’t repainted at all, and it looks ridiculous. When ...

Audit produces enhanced management strategies

Columns

In July, the County Council authorized an audit of the Maui County Department of Transportation. The intent of the audit was to provide the council and the administration with a tool to identify long-term strategic solutions to improve the cost-effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of ...

Bit of a change Monday

Editorial

Monday’s Maui News may look a little bit different to you because we are going to begin printing on narrower paper. The length of the paper will remain the same but the width of each page will be 1 inch narrower. Type and images will remain the same height but their width will be slightly ...

Discerning God’s call to be a bridge builder

Letters to the Editor

I am called in one hope, edifying the body of Yeshua Lord, in love, serving one another. Together we need to solve our problems, teaching and conducting all in a civil manner. Our lifestyles have become too isolated, missing to study together and to honor the Word of God. Our powerful ...

Will lawmakers put the people before corporations?

Letters to the Editor

Are our lawmakers ready to put people first and regulate restricted-use pesticides? As a mortgage lender, I have over the past 18 months had eight clients express interest in the Kihei Kamalani subdivision. This project sits next to a Monsanto field. After becoming aware of Kamalani’s ...

Hawaii already has very strict gun laws

Letters to the Editor

I’m fed up with people who are totally uneducated about the gun laws already in effect in Hawaii. Again, I will tell you people that the National Rifle Association’s responsibility is to educate and train our citizens in the responsibility and safety of owning a firearm. On March 28, ...

‘Maui no ka oi’ is rarely heard anymore

Letters to the Editor

I rarely hear the expression “Maui no ka oi” anymore. In the 1970s, that saying was used frequently and with great pride. A possible reason for the lack of current use is the great increase in traffic over the years. In the early ’70s, traffic was such that only three traffic lights ...